Sunday, 17 May 2015

Spring Trend: Double Denim

I love denim, always have, always will.

Now double-denim is sometimes in, and sometimes well… Not!  If your a fan like me, you'll be pleased to hear it's currently in!!!

Now true double-denim is wearing two blues and not really blue with black denim.  One of the best ways to get inspiration is to check out #doubledenim on Instagram - you'll see by the pics below just how fab this trend is.









I purchased my denim shirt earlier this year from Mango, it's a lovely soft denim and it was only something like £29 - I've worn it loads.  My jeans are currently from NEXT, my usual brand is Levi's but the NEXT skinny range have been really good and they are only £24 per pair!

My denim jacket - well this is from DKNY and I purchased it about fifteen years ago in New York!  Every now and then I think about giving it away to charity but then when I come to buy a new one, it's so similar to this one that I simply don't bother - I think this is it's fifth season of it being "in", well they say fashion goes round and round and this is a great example of that!





With this colour of denim blue, I love to accessorise with tan coloured accessories - here's an instagram pic of mine from a few weeks ago of tan & gold accessories, perfect for the double denim look!





WHERE TO SHOP!

Mango
Light Wash Denim Shirt
£19.99




Warehouse
Button front midi skirt
£38.00





NEXT
Skinny Jeans
£20-£24







Thursday, 14 May 2015

I'm Loving!

A simple post about a few things I'm loving at the moment; some I've purchased and some I've tried on so they are now on my "next purchase" list.

This Spring it's all about floral as seen on all the catwalk shows!  You can invest in floral in so many ways, I've chosen this jumper from Warehouse.  I've had lots of fab compliments about it - and I can dress it up or down!

Warehouse
Placement Floral Knit Jumper
£42




If you are loving floral, then you'll love these!!

Sole Trader
Vans Authentic Lo Pro Trainers

Ditsy Floral/Pool Green
£49.99






Sticking with Trainers, I needed to buy some new ones - and I purchased these lovely trainers by Nike from Office - I'm currently living in them so I've already achieved my value vs. cost model!!  Great for springtime and summer, available in a variety of colours I've gone for light silver.

I couldn't find them online, but you can purchase these from any great trainer shop!




I spent a lot of time in the Biba concession of House of Fraser last weekend; I think I tried on nearly every garment they had!!  I fell for these culottes in a big way, I've not yet purchased but I think I will be - especially after seeing Demi Moore wearing them at a recent party, which you read more about here.

House of Fraser
Biba Lightweight Culottes
£69





But I did make purchase surprisingly from Phase Eight - I spotted this black jumpsuit.  From the moment I tried it on I just knew it was for me!  I've already worn it to the office, and I know it's going to be versatile for the lunch dates or evenings out too!  


Phase Eight
Eleanora Jumpsuit
Was £120, now £90



Here's me wearing it on Monday - what a great way to start a working week!




Saturday, 9 May 2015

5 mins for...

Hi there Ladies - big huge apology that I've been a little quiet over the last few weeks.

Fear not, I'll be back up to speed over the coming weeks with more exciting posts for you!

Here's a selection of articles that have caught my eye over the last month or so, that I would love to share with you.  So as always, please see this post as a chance to grab a drink, put your feet up and just chill out to have some YOU time!





If your like me and wear high heels most days to work, some days you don't have to walk too far and other days you end up walking a marathon!  Well GOOP's featuring an article by an ex-ballerina Michelle Rodriguez about how you can stretch your feet to counteract high heels.  You can read more about the workout on your toes, feet, ankles by clicking here.







Sticking with high heels - love them or loathe them, women look fabulous in high heels and if you get the right height and style to suit you - YOU CAN WALK IN THEM!  My friend Gail pointed me to this article, which guides you into measuring your feet before purchasing shoes, helping you to find the right height heel!  Click here to read more.






The gorgeous George talks about Mrs Clooney's sense of style to Vogue - he's clearly devoted and mesmerised by her. If you need some help for a glamorous night out or weekend away, check out Amal Alamuddin style for inspiration, even Anna Wintour rates her!  Click here to read more.







Last Sunday I headed to Excel in London for the Grand Design Live show.  With a house move on the horizon, the aim was to get  ideas and inspiration and there was plenty of that.  I feel in love with every item on the smeg stand, and was highly tempted to buy an ECO holiday home. If none of that excites you then there's plenty of food and drink to try in the Foodie section!  It ends Sunday 10th of May so you'll need to be quick! Click here to find out more.


You can always keep up to date with Loved by Lizzi in more ways than just my blog, check out what I have to say in less than 140 characters here.  Or if you love your life in pictures then check me out here.  And if you love snooping at what your friends and family are up to, you can also check me out there too!




Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Chantelle Spirit - French Allure

This week I was invited to a talk on lingerie from the french brand Chantelle.  I learnt a lot about the importance of caring and looking after my breasts - not only for my health, but also to make sure that after investing time and money in a fabulous new outfit, it doesn't get spoilt by wearing the wrong underwear.




We all got the chance to have a fitting ourselves; my lovely fitter was showing me how my own bra was not covering my entire breast and how I should perhaps consider an alternative style, that would still give me the same uplift and extra protection.

She also showed me exactly where my straps should sit, both on my shoulder and across my back - explaining for great posture that my breasts should be aligned in the middle of my shoulder and my elbow.

Throughout the whole session I learned some great facts that I would love to share with you so in a typical style of "did you know" here goes!


DID YOU KNOW...
  • Breast shapes and sizing will change throughout your life
  • 80% of women are wearing the wrong size or wrong shape bra.
  • It's more likely your are wearing a bra that's too small for you rather than too big
  • You can drop a dress size! By wearing a correctly fitted bra
  • Wearing the right size and shape bra for you can reduce back and shoulder pain
  • When you get your first fitting - that's not your size for life!  
  • Your breast change all the time depending on your hormones, your diet and most importantly on any weight gain or loss - so you should be looking to get yourself fitted by an expert every 6-12 months
  • D-cup is a very average size in the UK
  • Not every style of bra will suit all women
  • Be careful when minimising, especially if your more than an E cup - your breasts have to go somewhere!


"Chantelle's expertise lies in the ability to give women that french allure, bringing out the femininity of every women."





We spent some time talking about teenagers and the importance of their first fit - ensuring a daughter has a great experience when trying out bras for the first time and learning how to put them on properly.  

If you are taking a teenager shopping for a bra, here are a few important points to consider:
  • Teenagers under the age of fifteen years should not be wearing bras with wires in them
  • It's important that when you fit a bra on teenagers under the age of 15 that the fit is on the tightest hook (unlike for adults) because as they grow over the next 6-12 months the hook can be released to allow for this change
  • Get them professionally fitted


"More than 130 years of expertise to achieve perfection… one second to experience it"


IT'S ALL ABOUT QUALITY

The Chantelle's spirit of French Allure cannot be explained.  Parisian, bold, spontaneous… It is shown in a gesture, a look, a posture and in the very French "je ne sais quoi" way, which elevates women to the sublime.

Chantelle invest a lot of time and development in quality - with over twenty-six components to a bra, compared to as low as five components on cheap bras; each component has a purpose to ensure that the fit and shape will enhance your body, so when you buy into Chantelle you need to think of this as an investment piece that you need to look after.  

Think about how you invest in a good quality foundation for your make-up, you do this because you want your make-up looking it's best throughout the entire day.  Well the same philosophy applies to having the right bra and brief, it is an important foundation to your outfit day or evening!  

Have you thought about the colour of underwear you wear?  We all know that you should never where white under white , but apparently if you wear a pink-tone red bra this can't be seen under a white t-shirt - how fabulous is that?! 

You can also get away with grey, blues and purples under black garments without it being seen in photos unlike white bras under the wrong light!  In fact I'm beginning to think there is no purpose for a white bra!

So explore colour as a bit of fun and if you don't fancy investing a lot of money for these, then look out for them in a sale.






CARE, CARE & CARE SOME MORE

Caring for you bras are just as important, here are a few tips from Chantelle on how to:
  • Don't fold the cups of your bra
  • When packing them in a suitcase, pad them out with your knickers or tights so that they keep their shape
  • Chantelle recommends to hand wash your bras; however if you do use the washing machine then invest in a lingerie bag or put them in a pillow case, this protects your machine for any damage caused by the wires
  • Wash bras on 30 degrees or less on the shortest wash possible - they only need freshening up
  • Use non-bio fabric cleaner
  • Buy two briefs for each bra and wash them with the bra so that the colours age together
  • Your bras should be fitted on the outside hook, and as they age over time, you should move on up to the next hook until your on your last - then you need to re-purchase
  • Put your bra on correctly, by leaning forward and fastening them up at the back - avoid fastening from the front and twisting, this not only damages the bra but it's unlikely your breasts will be in the correct position
  • Your daily bras have a product life of less than 12 months - the rule is your bra should never have a birthday!


WHERE TO BUY?

You can purchase Chantelle lingerie from Independents across the country - just check their website for a list.

You can also buy from:

  • Selfridges
  • Harrods
  • John Lewis
  • House of Fraser
  • Fenwicks
  • Figleaves.com


THERE'S MORE TO COME

In desperate need of a new sports bra, I was really impressed with their newly launched Sports bra. Once I take delivery of my new grey sporty bra I'll be writing another post explaining how important it is to wear one whilst exercising and the care you need to give it throughout it's life.  I know that some of my readers love running, particularly their half-marathans so look out for this over the next few weeks!






WHAT I WORE

Spring was definitely in the air and It was a great feeling to get my jumpsuit on with my high-heel sandals.  Nothing beats spring-time in London!


Coatigan: Phase Eight (current season), Jumpsuit: Wallis, Gold belt: M&S, Sunglasses: Chanel, Tan sandals: New Look (current season)

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Spring Trend: Coatigans

So I am in Oxford shopping, looking for a Spring coat that I can wear at weekends. I decided that I would walk into every single ladies shop along this particular road, regardless of brand, to see what they have and to broaden my shopping choices from my usual haunts.

I found myself in Phase Eight, and I pick up this cream garment and say to the shop assistant "Is this a coat or a cardigan?" - well can you imagine my face when she responded "it's a coatigan!".  We did have a laugh and she convinced me that this is what it was and that it was going to be ideal for now and over the summer months.

Well since wearing it I've had lots of lovely compliments; I'd wear it a little more often but I just need the weather to get a tad warmer.  This coatigan is going to give me a lot of flexibility - I can wear it with day dresses, jeans, trousers and my favourite jumpsuit.  

Bring on the better weather, because I'm loving my coatigan!

Phase Eight
Judie Textured Coatigan

£79.00

Phase Eight

I love the texture of this garment; it really adds style to an outfit.

Phase Eight

And here's me with one of my outfits of the day (#OOTD) on Instagram

You can follow me on Instagram @lovedbylizzi



I've found a few that you might like to get your hands on!

Jigsaw
Double Faced Coatigan

£149.00

Jigsaw


Warehouse Coatigan 
Navy
Was £48, Now £30

Warehouse

Oasis
Longline Cable Coatigan
Was £40, Now £22

Oasis




Sunday, 29 March 2015

Nottingham Indie Fashion Week



Today's post comes to you from guest blogger Hayley Eleanor Smith


The first Nottingham Indie Fashion Week aimed to bring together all the best fashion talent from across the city. It was a free ticket event with donations going to Emmanuel House. I had been invited by fabulous designer Fazane Malik who was showcasing her new spring/summer collection.

The first event was the Fabric of Nottingham Fashion Show which was held at the stunning St Marys Church on High Pavement. I knew we were in for something special when the walk up to the Church was lined with amazing eco tealight holders from Sarah Turner

Inside it was a hive of bustling activity and luckily the show had not started, as we were slightly late after having to quell our rumbling stomachs! Unluckily for us all the good seats near the stage were taken, so when the show started I snuck to a spot behind a Midsummers Night Tree for a better view.

There were fourteen amazing designers showcasing their collections with everything from bespoke bridal wear by Angela Vickers to mens smoke-room-styled lounge wear from Daniel Hanson and pocket watch pendants from Clockwork Lobster

My standout favourites were Callecia J Brown’s tailored and sophisticated blouses featuring back drapes and puffed sleeves, with intricate tailored waistcoats and jackets. The collection embodies the womanly form and would be so flattering on.

JC Middlebrook had some amazing wearable lace pieces, which sadly I felt weren't given the spotlight they needed in the darkened Church. 

I could see Harriet Kjellman’s scandinavian inspired pieces would be easy to wear with flowing fabrics and jerseys. Simplicity at its best.

Having had a corset handmade several years ago I was thrilled to see Eternal Spirits Victorian corseted creations. Although they didn’t look the most comfortable for all the models, they were a truly stunning design and i can appreciate the craftmanship which goes into such pieces.

The evening was poignantly closed by my friend Fazane Malik who showcased her Grey Collection. The pieces are so wearable and designed with real women in mind. The garments are all beautifully made and finished exquisitely with Fazane’s signature print.

All the designers were fabulous and it made me realise that with a bit of searching there is so many amazing independent designers out there that you should look beyond the High Street to pick up something unique and fabulously made. I hope that it is the start of a new regular event on the Nottingham calendar.  




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Hayley Eleanor Smith is an Image Consultant and Personal Stylist around the Nottingham area - you can check out her website but clicking here.  You can also check out what she has to say in 140 characters on Twitter here.




Thursday, 26 March 2015

Alexander McQueen - Savage Beauty

A mix of some of the postcards from the official set - via the V&A gift shop


On Sunday I went to the V&A to see an exhibition; this wasn’t just any exhibition, this was Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty event and it was one of the most creative and inspiring exhibits I’ve been to.

Personally, I’ve never been that madly in love with his designs, but over the last few years I’ve gained a fondness for him and his creations through my love of Isabella Blow.  Now seeing his collections in this spectacular way, I have a complete change of heart – the man was a genius!


Left: Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen - Hand-painted turkey feathers  - La Dame Bleue Spring/Summer 2008
Right: Silk tulle with lace and resin antlers - Widows of Culloden Autumn/Winter 2006

The curator for this show has done a fabulous job of making these mannequins come alive – usually when you go to some of these exhibits you walk around and you say to yourself “yeah this is nice” or “wouldn’t wear that!!” and so on, and really all your looking at are the clothes. Not here, not in this show.  The room is alive with fantasy and drama – the clothes are a mix of different fabrics and finishes - it blows your mind!  


The room I loved most was the “Cabinets of Curiosity” – you could sit in this room all day, and I bet you will still haven’t seen everything Alexander McQueen has to give.


From tartan, to feathers, to leather, to masks to outrageous shoes that make Irregular Choice look well regular!  If you can, this is a must attend event for all fashionistas!  It’s not on for very long, August 2nd and tickets are selling fast, so get them booked as it’s the best show in town!


Left: Silk jacquard with enamel embroidery - Plato's Atlantis Spring/Summer 2010
Right: McQueen wool tartan, silk net, lace, tulle and leather - Widows of Culloden Autumn/Winter 2006



The images in this post are taken by me from the postcards I purchased – as cameras are not allowed.





Thursday, 19 March 2015

Smoothies: Go Green!

Image from Google

I’ve been asked by quite a few readers to have more recipes on smoothies – in fact I’m beginning to think I should get in touch with Nutribullet and ask them to give me commission on each sale I make. I think I’ve encouraged at least 5-8 being sold since I purchased mine in October!

I’ve been reading lots about smoothies and enjoy looking at recipes since I started to have them as my daily breakfast; and I feel GREEN is the only way to go!   

Back in October, having to make them and then try to drink it was a really hard task – I wasn’t exactly overjoyed with my new breakfast choice but I did understand that it was much healthier than my usual sultana bran and semi-skimmed milk.

Five months on and I have a very different view on this.  I can’t imagine going without one for a couple of days – in fact the last time I was away I couldn’t have one for about four days and I was craving them when I got home – sounds strange but it’s true.  It only takes three weeks to change a habit, so if you can persist it does get easier and then it becomes the norm.

So why green?  Well you can put berries like raspberries or blueberries, but that changes only two factors: the colour and it makes it sweeter.  The healthier smoothies have more vegetables in them; like kale, spinach and celery, which by the way I cannot stand celery but within a smoothie you cannot taste it at all.

The other key thing with adding more vegetables, your adding less sugar.  Try to avoid more than 2-3 fruits in a smoothie or it's actually not that great for you.  The other point about veg that I'd like to make, it goes in RAW.  I’ve been quite surprised how many people have asked me if I boil or steam them first – Nope, they go in washed, chopped and very much raw.

Here’s a guide to what to put in; try and avoid making the same one every day, as you want to get as many different fruits and vegetables into your digestive system throughout the week.


Green Recipe for one person
(if you are making for two people try half amounts and get more different items in!)


  • Handful of spinach or a handful of Kale
  • Couple of leaves of lettice
  • ½ stick of celery
  • ¼ of a large cucumber
  • 1 avocado or 1 small banana – this gives your smoothie thickness so don’t add both and ideally half & half
  • ½ lemon without rind and pips
  • Handful of mint leaves approx 5
  • 1 pear or 1 green apple
  • 1 kiwi
  • Consider what nuts you want to add in - when I have apple I tend to opt for cashew and when I have pear I opt for walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons of milled Flaxseeds
  • Now for the liquid – the more you add the easier it will be to drink it.  Nutribullet have a MAX line that you should not go pass.  I would suggest that you opt for cold water, but if you fancy  a change and want it more creamy then either add almond milk or if you want it sweeter add coconut milk, but avoid adding milks each day – use it as a treat!
  • And then blend.... my recommendation would be with a Nutribullet :)


If you start to have a go, leave a comment as we'd all love to read them and if you have any tips of your own please pass them on!